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Making Mayo’s Recipes: Citrus seared salmon

Mediterranean style grilled salmon for gluten-free diet
This salmon recipe doubles down on citrus flavor — with orange zest in the seasoning and orange juice in the sauce drizzled on after cooking. You can also grill this salmon instead of cooking in a pan and use Dijon mustard or honey in the sauce, which is tasty on sea scallops, too.

Each Friday one of the 100+ tasty video recipes from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is featured on the Mayo Clinic News Network, just in time for you to try at the weekend. You can also have the recipes delivered via the Mayo Clinic App.

Created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Find more recipes and other healthy-living insights on the Mayo Clinic App

Watch: Citrus seared salmon.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Do you know these important health numbers?

Doctor with elderly manMen are less likely to visit a health care provider than women, according to multiple studies and years of stories surrounding Men’s Health Week.

“Men feel uncomfortable with potential invasion of physical privacy and don’t like to discuss their health,” says Dr. Vandana Bhide, an internist at Mayo Clinic. “If they don’t feel there is anything wrong, men will often say it’s an issue of time.”

But Dr. Bhide says it’s time well spent. The health numbers revealed during a routine visit offer some insights, including the risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in U.S. men.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Bhide lists a few of the health measurements you should know about yourself. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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Something to Think About: Conscience is the inner light

a young woman sitting at a desk with a computer looking thoughtfully out a window, perhaps sadDr. Amit Sood says, “Listen to the conscience, not just to the mind or the senses.”

Dear friend,

Your entire repertoire of conscious experience comprises an integration of three inputs—sensory information from the world, sensory information from the body, and self-generated thoughts from the mind. At any instance, all of these inputs compete, and the information that is most salient (to survival value) becomes your present-moment experience. To simplify it further, in your entire life, your conscious present-moment experience will comprise either the input from the senses (external world or the body) or the thoughts generated by the mind.

Our five senses have no memory. They are passive conduits to the moment-by-moment flow of information. The mind uses the senses for safety, pleasure, and information.

The mind itself spontaneously churns countless thoughts and imaginations. These thoughts often project into a narrow time frame (usually yesterday, today, and tomorrow). The untrained mind mostly thinks thoughts related to self-worth, relationships, safety, and daily tasks.

If you live in a world where your physical safety is constantly threatened, external sensory input will likely dominate your conscious experience. This was the case for our ancestors, and it is true today in the war-torn or crime-prone areas. In the relatively safer parts of the world, where external dangers don’t require diligence, your attention is free to roam in your mind, in the company of your thoughts and imaginations. Whether you know it or not, if you live in one of the safer neighborhoods, very likely, you spend the bulk of your day with your mind wandering. I believe this has created a unique opportunity for us.

When your attention is freed from the external threats and can focus inward, you have a choice—you can let your attention travel with spontaneous thoughts or direct it deeper, where conscience resides.

Conscience is the inner light that illumines the truth, telling me right from wrong. Conscience helps me do the right thing when no one is looking. My conscience isn’t swayed by greed of pleasure or fear of pain. My conscience isn’t selfish. It is objective, true, pure, and dependable. Conscience knows we all share the same sun and have the same I.

There is one problem though. Although conscience always has an opinion, it speaks in a humble, low volume, easily drowned by the vortices of the mind and the senses. When the majority of the world muffles the voice of conscience, we become unkind to each other.

I should dial up the volume of my conscience. I should use conscience as my guiding light. A mind anchored in conscience still experiences senses and thoughts. However, these thoughts and senses serve a self that includes many others. They help and heal, freeing the mind so it can fly into the vast vistas of the truth.

My mind is trainable. I should tether it to conscience so it can harness the senses, thoughts, words, and actions to comfort the other minds that are caught in the whirlpool of suffering. In that effort I will find peace and freedom.

May your conscience speak more loudly than your senses and thoughts; may your ears listen to your conscience more than they listen to your desires.

Take care.
Amit

Read Dr. Sood’s blog posts and follow @AmitSoodMD on Twitter.

Dr. Sood is director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program on Mayo Clinic‘s Rochester campus in Minnesota. He also chairs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic.

How to watch your weight during wedding season

food table at a reception filled with fruits and pastries

It’s that time of year again: wedding season. This can be a time of blissful happiness or a time that stretches the limits of self-restraint while trying to keep your health in check.

“It’s important to remember to limit yourself while attending a wedding,” says Dr. Gabriel Berendes, a Mayo Clinic Health System Family Medicine physician. “Most often, people become so caught up in the festivities, they forget to remember to take care of themselves.”

Most people have more than one wedding to attend during the year which can  add on pounds, if not watched closely.

“Overeating can lead to numerous health issues, such as emotional and physical damage to the body and mind,” adds Dr. Berendes. “This can be due to loss of confidence and increased weight, as well as causing damage to the digestive system.”

Dr. Berendes recommends these tips for watching your wedding season weight:

  • Participate in morning activity.
    Go for a run or walk, or a quick workout, or go golfing. These ideas, among others, can help clear the mind, as well as help you feel calm, centered and more in control of the choices you’ll make later in the day.
  • Don’t skip meals.
    Trying to save up calories will leave you feeling tired, angry and more likely to overconsume during cocktail hour.
  • Pace yourself.
    Choose the amount you want to drink. One drink per course (cocktail hour, dinner and reception) is a good rule of thumb. If that’s not sensible to you, limit yourself to one drink per hour, alternating water with alcohol. This advice is for of-age wedding guests who plan to stay put. Never to drink and drive.
  • Choose wisely.
    There’s no law saying you can’t have one of everything, although it’s good to limit yourself to a few options. Determine what you want to make room for. Try sticking to one plate, filling half with vegetables and the rest with protein and starchy vegetables, such as beans and potatoes.”
  • Dance.
    Hitting the dance floor can help you lose 200 to 300 calories per half hour. This gives you an extra excuse to show off your dance moves — good or bad — and burn off the calories you’ve consumed during the day.

Wellness Wednesday: Strengthen your abs with a front plank

an exercise class of women on the floor doing planks
Want to strengthen your abs and forearms? Try a plank. It’s a top move for building your core that’s all about form.

Expert tips provided by wellness physical therapists at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Get more healthy action tips from the Mayo Clinic App.

Watch: Strengthen your abs with a front plank.

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